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Beta Test [Kindle Edition]

Eric Griffith
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PUBLISHERS WEEKLY: "An unusually lighthearted apocalyptic tale." Sam Terra is having a bad week. He lost Molly, the woman he secretly loves, when she vanished before his eyes at the exact same time that ten percent of the inhabitants of Earth disappeared. Naturally upset, Sam follows clues about the global vanishing with questionable help from his friends including a misanthropic co-worker and a childhood pal. When Molly reappears in the body of a man during a night of monster-laden devastation, Sam finally learns the truth. Not just about her, but about the planet Earth and the entire cosmos surrounding it. What we consider mundane reality, others consider a game . . . and not a very good one. The whole thing is about to be shut down.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 544 KB
  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (18 Dec 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NTT5C6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #915,113 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and moving tale 13 Nov 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
When 10% of the population simply vanish, including the woman Sam loves, Sam knows something weird is going on. Mostly because Molly vanished right in front of his eyes, which is distinctly not normal. But Molly has left him something in her apartment, something which will explain everything - if only Sam can figure out what it is.

Sam and his friends go haring off trying to find out what has happened, and trying to contact someone with the power to stop it all.

It's time to find God.

This novel has a sly dig at venture capitalists, middle management and hackers, many of whom Sam has been affected by in his job at Everlife (a virtual reality simulation) but he's never before confronted them directly. Sam is your basic everyman, who doesn't rock the boat and is kind to everyone. But when everything is taken away from him, Sam conquers his fears and with the help of his obnoxious co-worker and irritating childhood friend (and God), faces down his ultimate foe.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new author worth reading 4 Mar 2012
By William Kays - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
An unusual twist on a familiar sci-fi tale but one that works. I often find myself bogged down by unnecessary technical details. Beta Test is the perfect read for those who enjoy an action story with the sci-fi bent. The language is rough for younger readers but it lends to the credibility of the characters. I think we have all known people like those in this story and can easily relate. The author skillfully gathered the most uncommon band of heroes and drew me in on every page. I also enjoyed the use of footnotes and asides to strengthen characters (I could almost hear the main character narrating the movie version of this book). If you like action mixed with science fiction, read Beta Test.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's the End of the World As We Know It - And I'm LMAO! 15 Feb 2012
By Kevin J. Bartell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
BETA TEST could almost have been subtitled, "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Eschaton." Yes, it's that funny. Go ahead and buy it, NOW. I'll wait.

All done? Good.

The story begins with a series of sudden mass disappearances. Then things really get weird. Despite the obvious connection to Rapture novels of the "Left Behind" school, this is in NO way a religious novel, unless you're the sort who thought The Matrix was a documentary. It's a desperate bid to save reality as we know it by a couple of guys from a Dilbert comic, a cougar, a crotch-terrier, an ex-soldier who could only be played by R. Lee Ermey, and a heroine transgendered in ways that get funny looks even in San Francisco.

All of this comes to us in a form that reads like the case notes of an omniscient observer. The text even includes footnotes to explain just how funny this book is. The style doesn't so much require getting used to as forgetting the way you're used to reading fiction. It's a new and unique approach, that leaves you thinking, "I didn't know you could write a book like that!"

You can't. Eric Griffith can. And it works. Tells you something about his literary prowess, doesn't it?

Read the book. Tell friends about it. Demand more like it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really fun read 19 Dec 2011
By David Bock - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was lucky enough to pick up a copy of this book at a book reading by the author at a small bookstore in Ithaca, NY.

The first few pages, frankly, left me unimpressed, and at first I thought the way the author had footnotes to his own jokes interrupted the flow of the book. But after the book settled into a rhythm, the footnotes seemed to take on a point/counterpoint reminiscent of 'the Word' on the Colbert Report, and added a new dimension to the book for me.

Once the book got into the real meat of the plot (which happens pretty quickly), I found it fascinating. Griffith really 'gets' geek culture - I could see my own friends easily filling some of the roles in this book with the way they talk, what they joke about, etc. And the plot is based on exactly the same kind of existential questions asked by any self-aware geek who wants to understand the meaning of life and turns towards tech analogies to do so.

Unusually lighthearted? Sure, but it also leaves me pondering some of the 'bigger questions', much like Joss Whedon's TV show "Dollhouse" did. I'm hoping to find other people who have read it, just so I can discuss some of the philosophical implications. No real plot holes, which frankly I find unusual for a first time author, and its got a warm ending that would make it worthy of a made-for-tv movie.

One more thing I like about the book - I don't think it leaves room for a series or sequel based on the same material - its a self-contained story. I'd like to see more from the author, and I like that he'll have to create a new environment to raise the 'big questions' in.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi? Try Sci-FUN! 14 April 2012
By Dale L. Elster - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sci-fi novels can be at once groundbreaking and breathtaking as they take us on journeys that allow us glimpses of our future selves and the world(s) we know.

They can also be very dry and humorless reads, nearly devoid of emotion.

This is anything but the case in Eric Griffith's debut novel, Beta Test.

The author shatters the illusion of the dry-as-a-desert-planet sci-fi novel by crafting a fun, well-written plot that follows a group of mega-geeks led by one Sam Terra as he embarks on a quest to save the Universe as we know it. While not overtly a comedy, there are plenty of laughs to be had along the way, but make no mistake - this is very much a story for adults, and at the heart of the novel lurks a concept as intelligent as any you will find in the pages of traditional sci-fi reads.

As Sam and his pals uncover the mystery of The Vanished, Mr. Griffith sprinkles references to classic sci-fi movies and TV shows of the 70's and 80's throughout the book, and as if that isn't fun enough, the author makes clever use of footnotes - once the harbinger of universal reader boredom - to flesh out the characters in short, witty anecdotes, avoiding pages and pages of flashbacks. Or flash-forwards. And - since this is sci-fi - flash-sideways!

If you are a fan of traditional science fiction novels, and have a sense of humor, give this book a read. Is it groundbreaking? Probably not, but that's a term that's usually reserved for the serious books anyway. As for breathtaking - if that means big laughs, then yes!

If you're not a fan (like me) of traditional sci-fi novels, definitely give this book a read! The author will have you enjoying all that highly conceptualized sci-fi hoo-ha by using his razor-sharp wit - and a crotch-sniffing dog.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun read - like a popcorn movie with brains. 13 Jan 2012
By Brian C. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Small-town schlump Sammer saves the world, with his misfit "brother" Paulie, Bonk the testicle-smashing labrador, and Melvin, the schmoe who secretly loves him. Reading Beta Test on my Kindle Fire gave me shivers and giggles. Fun read!
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